Coleg Menai student Ceri-Ellen Speddy, enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience last week when she interviewed Hollywood star Rhys Ifans, in her role as Youth Ambassador for Into Films Cymru.

The welsh born actor is known for his for his portrayal of characters such as Spike in Notting Hill, Jed Parry in Enduring Love and Eyeball Paul in Kevin & Perry Go Large, is also known for being a member of the rock groups Super Furry Animlas and The Peth.

Ceri-Ellen, who studies Performing Arts at Coleg Menai in Bangor, interviewed Rhys in front of over 100 local schoolchildren, when he was in Caernarfon to open Galeri’s new £4m cinema as the newest ambassador for Into Film Cymru.

The charity provides young people across the UK with the opportunity to establish a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with film, both as an art form and a potential career.

Speaking of his new role, Rhys Ifans said: “Becoming an ambassador of Into Film Cymru is an honour, and I will do all I can to support the team to maximise the power of film in realising the potential of the next generation, in each and every community across Wales.”

Performing Arts student Ceri-Ellen from Bethesda is also a Youth Ambassador for Into Film Cymru, and was delighted to have the opportunity to pose questions to Rhys as a member of the Youth Council.

Ceri said: “It was fantastic meeting Rhys Ifans, I was able to spend a lot of time with him and he took a real interest in the work I do in college, even offering me advice on my assignments!

“We also spoke about some of the roles that I have had recently and others I have booked, and he told me to make sure Into Film let him know how I’m getting on. It was great to be able to sit and talk to him about my ambitions, especially given the fantastic roles he has had in many movies.

“I am really lucky to be embarking on my second year with the Youth Advisory Council of Into Film Cymru. My work involves travelling to Cardiff every few months for meetings with other young people from all over Wales, where we explore all aspects of filmmaking and look at the educational value of films. Many of the assignments I am given by YAC also fit in well with the work on my Performing Arts course at Coleg Menai.”

Ceri-Ellen’s mother, Helen Speddy, a teacher from Bangor added, “I’ve seen a great difference in my daughter – her confidence has grown and the experiences she’s had have developed her interest not only for film, but for the world in general.”

“I’ve also noticed how cinema and watching movies has re-ignited her interest in reading. Her head is forever in a book! On top of that, we both have the opportunity to chat about some serious issues, because of the themes that come up in some of the films. I really appreciate that.”

Into Film Cymru is offering local schoolteachers, youth leaders and home educators the opportunity to visit the Galeri free with their students as part of the Into Film Festival between 8 and 9 November. Tickets are limited and are available at www.intofilm.org/festival.

For more information on our courses in Performing Arts, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk

PHOTO: Into Film Reporter Hedydd (left) and ambassador Ceri-Ellen Speddy (right) with Rhys Ifans at the official opening of Galeri’s new cinema.